Lone Fungus first really grabbed my attention after I saw a post on Reddit and right from the get go I was curious. I quickly found out it had a demo and immediately hopped into it. The demo is a small piece of the developer’s vision for Lone Fungus, spanning the first area with some of the relics available as well as two bosses. Even with what’s available though there is so much to get excited about here. With only 4 days remaining on their Kickstarter (at time of writing) and Basti, the developer behind Lone Fungus, being so close to his goal I really wanted to try and raise awareness of my new favorite mushroom in gaming.
UPDATE: The game has successfully been funded! Congratulations to Basti!
Some 90’s PC Gamers might remember Chip’s Challenge. I first played it in “The Best of Microsoft Entertainment Pack“, which was so long ago it came on a floppy disk. It included a bunch of “classics” such as Ski Free, Pipe Dream, Rodent’s Revenge, JezzBall and some other stuff. One game stood out though – Chip’s Challenge. A really nice tile-based puzzle game with 151 levels.
When I was about 8 years old I was obsessed with getting an Xbox. I really liked playing with computers, and hence, using Windows, so I assumed Microsoft were amazing and must have made a really cool games console. I spent ages browsing Amazon, looking at all the sweet games I could get. I thought Blinx the Time Sweeper, the failed mascot of Xbox, looked like the absolutely coolest thing. I also really wanted Midtown Madness 3, because I loved Midtown Madness 1 & 2!
King’s Quest I: Quest for the Crown is a classic and well regarded adventure game from the early 80s. It went on to spawn several sequels, remakes and reboots and it’s still well-remembered after nearly 40 years.
The Original King’s Quest
The original game features keyboard controls and text input to tell our hero what to do. Although this version is available on GOG, most people don’t recommend playing it unless it’s a game from your childhood.
There’s some dated game design choices in the original game – instead of a more usual point and click interface, you have to type in commands to perform actions. There’s also a lot of “dead ends” where the player may miss an item and make the game impossible to complete.
Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly was the fourth entry into the Spyro series. When I was a kid I was really into the previous instalments, so I was super excited to try it out. I headed to Blockbuster with my mum and rented it. Thankfully, I did not buy it. Even as a kid I could tell this game just wasn’t really…right.
Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly has quite a reputation for being a bad game, and is thought to be the downfall of Spyro.
The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition is a remake of the classic point and click adventure by LucasArts. It replaced the old, low resolution pixel art with amazing painted scenes and hand-drawn characters based on original concept art.
The game also has some quality of life improvements, such as the saviour of frustrated point and click adventurers – a hint system. This is my first time playing, or even seeing, a Monkey Island game. I can safely say this is a very strong start to the series of games and I’m now playing through the fourth game in the series.
Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled is a remake of the PS1 game, Crash Team Racing. I haven’t spent much time with the original Crash Team Racing, I went through adventure mode once and then moved on, so most of the remake is new to me. I was completely unaware of how much depth there is to this game and how high the skill cap is.
Cosmo’s Cosmic Adventure is an ancient shareware DOS game – it’s actually so ancient, it’s slightly older than me. It features Cosmo, a green alien boy with a full head of red hair.
It’s a pretty nice platformer, taking place over three episodes. I remember it quite fondly as a game I played a lot as a kid, and it’s now available through GOG, so I’ve been quite excited to play through once again!
TelusFax is a small teletext simulator and puzzle game by Richard Sherriff.
If you don’t know what Teletext is, it was a service created in the UK in the early 70s. It was a sort of digital magazine; you chose a page and could read the news, look at TV listings, read letters and reviews and it was all available through your TV.
Medievil is an ancient PS1 game about a hapless skeleton called Daniel Fortesque. There was also a sequel, (predictably) called Medievil 2. More recently, the original game was made from the ground up for the Playstation 4. I happen to have played all three of these games and they’re really very good so I’d like to talk about them.